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Snow and sun

We've been coming here since1984 lovely small resort then ,has grown maybe tripled plus but still... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2018
Jan-Pam L
A Hidden Gem

We love Isola, its so close to Nice, great Skiing for all levels and ideal for a SHORT break 3/4... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2018
Nicholas G
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 May 2017

The adage of swimming in Nice in the morning and swimming in Les Alpes Maritimes in the afternoon holds true. Isola is a purpose built resort created by an Englishman called Peter Boumphrey in 1971.
Isola 2000 is one and a half hours from Nice (coaches from Nice airport 1€ to 4€), sea level to 7000 feet! Unfortunately, the resort has quite unattractive concrete buildings, although recent 'Swiss-style' chalets are a welcome addition.The points in its favour are that it is perfect for families, intermediate skiers and those who do not search for a vibrant night life.The fact that the resort lies on the South West side of the valley give hours of sunshine and it also has been blessed with having a climate which supplies snow much later in the season and is recognised as being one of the highest ski resorts in Europe. The runs are mainly green, blue and red with a few black runs, however some are quite long and all have fantastic views with the joy of having the lifts very conveniently situated.
The restaurants are fairly expensive but there is one which one should not miss. When you ski from the top of the Mercantour run over to the Valette run, there is a restaurant (called 'The Valette') which is a Swiss style cabin which had BBQ food with an additional menu (although limited) great ambience on the side of the piste and good food but get there before 1pm as they run low on food -it's a long way down to replenish the larder!
Plenty of instructors and a familiar sight midweek is French school children snaking down behind their leader. It is busy at the weekends but during the week - no queuing.
Highly recommended.

Date of experience: April 2017
4  Thank Paul B
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Reviewed 26 April 2017

Many visits to this big little resort over the years and it still remains the best value for a quick and very cheap ski mini-break. Several hotels available... no 2 star anymore since Le Druos upgraded itself and plenty of apartments. Advise staying in the main part of Isola 2000 if possible although apartments in Le Hameau above should be got for a much cheaper rate if you are budgeting.... and it's not the end of the world to take the little funi that runs up and down to it like a hillside lift. Everything you need in the purpose built centre, inc 2 supermarkets and a pharmacy. Extremely good value ski pass for a reasonable amount of skiing - ok for a weekend. And there are very rarely any queues whatsoever. Great variety of pistes for all levels although very limited off piste possibilities; there is SOME if you know where to go.... piste maintenance was particularly impressive in the last four days of the open season - skiing is possible now (third week of April) - hot and sunny, yet with enough snow to keep two-thirds to three-quarters of the lifts and pistes open. Great value resort - fly into Nice, catch 750 ligne d'Azur bus up (€4 per person!!! - it's subsidised by the village of Isola at the bottom of the valley) and recommended very much for mixed-ability groups as it's easy to meet up throughout the day.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank kimski44
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

It is easy as can be from Nice, and the resort offers excellent skiing for all levels.
However, activities after skiing, even for a family with young children and no need of nightlife, are extremely limited. They include shopping ( ski wear only), eating out ( quite pricey), and not much else. If you have a car and are getting cabin fever in the afternoon, you can drive to the swimming pool in Isola village, which is excellent for children, and, if you are a dedicated swimmer who does not mind being confined to one lane, provides enough to do for adults too for a decent price( look up Aquavallee for more info).
I would definitely go back given the good value offered by weekly ski passes, especially when bought during Tuesday night flash sales. It is also cheaper to fly to Nice during ski season than to Genoble , Chambery or Lyon. Warning; despite the altitude, it will get hotter than more northerly resorts sooner, as we found was the case when we went in April. Having said that, slopes are maintained assiduously and skiing in the morning is possible even in the late season.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank simari
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

The skiing is a little limited but great for children and intermediate skiers. However, the slopes were very quiet and you never Q.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Simon111888
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Reviewed 24 March 2017

We went skiing for 5 days in Isola and loved it- our group was aged from 28-40 and theres not much nightlife but we didn't go to party. We went for skiing. we had great weather and the slopes were great for mixed ability. All the staff at Isola were really friendly and its great value for money! we are booking for next year.

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank Gemma W
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